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Charlottesville man charged with drug distribution, firearm offenses in Nelson County

A Charlottesville man is facing drug and firearm charges after authorities say they seized cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl from his vehicle during a traffic stop in Nelson County.

A Nelson County Sheriff’s Office investigation found that 47-year-old Demarcus Brown was traveling out of the area to purchase large amounts of illegal narcotics and bringing them back to Virginia, according to a sheriff’s office statement. The sheriff’s office, with assistance from the Virginia State Police Interstate Criminal Enforcement Unit and the 3A Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, actively investigated multiple individuals for distribution of fentanyl, meth and cocaine in the Central Virginia area, the statement reads.

A May 1 traffic stop led to multiple search warrants being obtained and executed in the Charlottesville area that resulted in seizure of $8,000 in U.S. currency, $370,000 worth of cocaine, $34,000 worth of meth, $2,300 worth of fentanyl, $23,000 worth of mushrooms, $34,000 worth of marijuana, two pistols and two rifles, sheriff’s deputies reported.

Brown was taken into custody and charged with one count each of distribution of a schedule I or II narcotic, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm while possessing a schedule I or II narcotic.

Brown is set for a May 8 arraignment hearing in Nelson General District Court.


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